Joel Embiid was voted to be a 2021 All-Star starter, and today it was announced his teammate Ben Simmons will also be playing in the game as an Eastern Conference reserve. This will be the third consecutive All-Star game for Simmons.
Simmons, who started the year slowly scoring-wise, has turned it up in the past 12-15 games, including scoring a career-high 42 in a game versus the Utah Jazz. He has done all this while playing elite wing defense, putting himself in the DPOY conversation.
Simmons has scored 20-or-more points five times over his last 12 games as he’s averaged 19.7 points on .623 shooting, while tallying 7.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists per contest. The stretch includes Simmons’ career-high 42-point outing against Utah on Feb. 15 when the fourth-year man finished the game shooting 15-26 from the field and 12-13 from the free-throw line while adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes. He was the first 76er to tally 49-9-12 in a game since Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain on March 18, 1968.Per 76ers PR
The Eastern Conference leading 76ers will have two representatives in the All-Star game on March 7th in Atlanta. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons become the first 76ers duo to go to three straight All-Star games since Julius Erving and Moses Malone.